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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Congressman Jeff Duncan To Speak

Your Money, Guns & Freedom
with Congressman Jeff Duncan
Monday April 29, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Farm Bureau on Highway 178 (2.5 miles south of Pickens)

Topics will include:

Deadly Policy of the Federal Government - The justice department bludgeoned Federally Licensed
Firearms dealers in the south west to sell over 2,500 firearms to people cooperating with Mexican drug cartels.

New Federal Gun Legislation - These efforts will subject those transferring firearms to a federal
prison sentence if a mistake is made. Upon arrest for a federal firearms offense you will have all your
guns confiscated. If no charges are filed or you are found innocent you will have to pay a lawyer to sue
to get your guns back most likely rusted and dented. A conviction means you lose the right to own or
posses any firearm, the right to vote, serve on a jury, hold a large number of jobs or get a job and large
legal fees. If you go to prison you will lose all you own and contact with your family will be diminished.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Its destructive effects on you.

Prayer Choice Best of Bad Choices - Our religious liberty is taken away.

Common Core Concerns - Bad for education.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - These regulations increase the cost of everything.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Everything Remains The Same

Everything Remains The Same
by Philip Smith

A viral marketing video for the gun control lobby is making the rounds on the internet.

View it below:

The problem is ... Chemicals and gun powder haven't changed. We found that out in the tragic events in Boston this month.

Fertilizer hasn't changed … we found that out in the Oklahoma City bombings.

Detonation devices tied to pocket watches can be traced back as far as 1650.

The advertisement indicates that the founding fathers had muskets in mind when writing the 2nd amendment.

Arms means everything that's a weapon, not neccesarily just guns. To the founding fathers, "arms" meant cannons, knives, whathaveyou. That is the specific reason the second amendment states the word "arms". The term "arms" means "anything the government of the United States has at its disposal".
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Please don't make the unreasonable argument with examples like "What about nuclear weapons?" If we have people toying with nuclear weapons, we have more worries on our hands than gun control lobbyists or debating abortion or Obamacare The United States government also would not use a nuclear weapon on it's own soil against it's own people. At least, I hope they wouldn't.

The ugly truth is ... Gun control only affects law abiding citizens.

Most guns before 1934 (which you'd be surprised how modern looking they are) don't have serial numbers.

Quite a few after the requirement don't have serial numbers and lest we forget ... it's fairly easy to MAKE one - even a custom fully automatic with 3D printed high capacity magazine that could be made into the shape of Mickey Mouse so it would go undetected by scanners.

There's even a reality TV show dedicated to a custom gun manufacturer, called Sons Of Guns.

Also, think of 9-11. Those "criminals" used planes as a weapon and killed more than 10 gunmen ever could much less one.

The 2nd amendment wasn't designed to help the government control the people. The second amendment was designed to be a check and balance FOR the people in case of war and for the need of self defense in case the government created an unruly society with no remorse or humility.

We live in such a society.

Philip Smith
Liberty, South Carolina

Monday, April 22, 2013

An Op Ed: "The 3 R's Have Been Replaced"


It has become painfully obvious to me education has fundamentally been transformed. In the past, the main objectives of education came from local communities to teach Johnny the 3 R's ( Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) with no bias or hidden agenda and plenty of ways we could hold our teachers accountable. However, now the main objectives of education come from the Federal Government to teach Johnny 3 C's (Christian Bashing, Constitution Bashing, and Collectivism Celebration) with plenty of hidden agendas and few ways to hold our teachers accountable. Daily it seems I am bombarded by news reports that support my thinking.

Let me start with Christian Bashing. Schools used to begin with morning prayer and a Bible lesson ...well that's gone. Schools used to have a copy of the Ten Commandments hanging in the hallway ...well that's gone. Schools used to call it Christmas vacation...well now it's called Winter Break. Schools used to call it Easter Vacation...well now it's called Spring Break. Schools used to credit God for it's called Evolution. Schools now celebrate Earth Day and speak of Mother Earth while at the same time telling telling Johnny the Bible and Mythology are under the same genre. Schools used to teach the Bible was our true guide for our morals...but now we have Dan Savage invited by professional educators to speak on anti-bullying at a local high school telling our children “learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible.” And when Christian students walked out in protest for his anti-Bible comments he called them “pansy a**ed.”

Let's move on to Constitution Bashing. Schools used to teach Johnny our form of government is a Constitutional Republic schools teach we are a Democracy. There is a huge difference people! Schools used to teach Johnny to respect the Constitution and God endowed us with certain Johnny is taught the Constitution is outdated and Government gives us rights and can legislate them away. It used be okay for Johnny to own a gun and go hunting after school but now Johnny can't even chew a pop tart and make it look like a gun. Johnny used to could speak openly about his love of Jesus in school but now he is told this might “offend” someone.

Let's move on to Collectivism Celebration. Schools used to teach Johnny succeeding as an individual was paramount for his future. Johnny's teacher would brag on how Johnny is so creative in the block center and can build an intricate bridge! Johnny's parents are told he may grow up to be a successful engineer! Now Johnny's teacher reprimands him at block center because he is not “sharing” the blocks equally. When the other children knock over his intricate bridge, Johnny is told not to be mad but to happily share the blocks. After all, his need is not as important as the groups need to have equal amounts of blocks. (It doesn't matter that Johnny can't make a unique design with just 4 blocks is more important the “common good” prevails and we share).

Johnny used to earn individual awards for his academic accomplishments he gets an award for just merely participating. It used to be Johnny received an individual grade for his performance on a he gets a “group” grade because the success of each student in that group is the responsibility of the “group”.

Many parents as well as teachers and especially students do not realize these subtle ways education is shaping them into a collectivist mentality. The newly adopted national Common Core Curriculum is an example of moving toward collectivism. Even the name itself should tell you! “Common”. Do you want your child to be “common?” Investigate not just what your child is learning in school but how he is being taught and what hidden agendas have you as a parent overlooked!

The children are our future, they are our most precious's time we start proving their value by fighting for our tax dollars to be used to teach skills not indoctrinate. If parents don't step up to their responsibility you can bet the Federal government will be more than happy to raise your child the way they think Johnny should be raised!

J. Raines

Congress Considering Internet Tax This Week ...

Congress is considering online sales tax legislation that is wrongheaded and unfair. Send a message to SC legislators to ask for your help in telling Congress "No!" to new sales taxes and burdens for small businesses.

Whether you're a consumer who loves the incredible selection and value that small businesses provide online, or a small-business seller who relies on the Internet for your livelihood, this legislation potentially affects you. For consumers, it means more money out of your pocket when you shop online from your favorite seller or small business shop owner. For small business sellers, it means you would be required to collect sales taxes nationwide from the more than 9,600 tax jurisdictions across the U.S. You also would face the prospect of being audited by out-of-state tax collectors.

Big national retailers are aggressively lobbying Congress to pass online sales tax legislation to "level the playing field" with Amazon. And, as they compete with big retail, Amazon is advocating for this legislation too, while at the same time they are seeking local tax exemptions across the country to build warehouses. This is a "big retail battle" in which small businesses and consumers have a lot to lose.

The solution is simple:

If Congress passes online sales tax legislation, small businesses with less than 50 employees OR (not and) less than $10 million in annual out-of-state sales should be exempt from the burden of collecting sales taxes nationwide. 

To put that in perspective, Amazon does more than $10 million in sales every 90 minutes. This is a reasonable exemption to protect small online businesses.

I hope you agree that imposing unnecessary tax burdens on small online businesses is a bad idea. 

Let your Members of Congress know they should protect small online businesses, not potentially put them out of business. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

8th grader suspended for 2nd amendment shirt ...

Actual T-Shirt worn by West Virginia teen
An 8th grade middle school student in West Virginia was recently suspended and arrested for wearing a "Pro 2nd Amendment" T-Shirt.

WTRF, a CBS affiliate in West Virginia reports ...
"It was the image of a gun printed on Jared's t-shirt that sparked a dispute between a Logan Middle School teacher and Jared, that ended with Jared suspended, arrested and facing two charges, obstruction and disturbing the education process, on his otherwise spotless record."
The Logan County School District's dress code policy prohibits clothing that displays profanity, violence, discriminatory messages and more but nowhere in the document does it say anything about gun images.

Logan City Police did confirm that Jared had been arrested and charged.

If the story sounds absurd to you, look at this image of the statue in front of the middle school:

For the full story, read:

[UPDATE] The student was arrested and suspended a 2nd time after earing the shirt again on his first day back.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tax Time Humor ...

Your Federal and State income taxes are due today Monday April 15, 2013 or an extension needs to be filed by 12AM Midnight Eastern Standard Time …

Here's a little tax time humor for you ...

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100...

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this...

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do..

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20". Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ´but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

This is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Michigan State

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No April 2013 Meeting

There will be no April 2013 Meeting.

Our next meeting will be Thursday May 9, 2013.

See you there!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Clemson Proposes To Ban Plastic Bags

The City Of Clemson … land of the not so free to roam tigers … where traffic cameras watch your every move and where police can rifle through your cellphone without a warrant is proposing a ban on plastic grocery bags.

Everything from restaurant takeout to thrift store purchases would be affected.

A well intentioned environmentalist never considers the bags reuse or the fact that they can be recycled.

In the study below, it's posited that reusable bags that are used for groceries do more harm than good.

Customers don’t wash them after usage with meats and vegetables and are prone to carry food-borne illnesses.

Margaret Thatcher Passes ...

Margaret Thatcher led perfectly and followed justly. She may end up being the last great leader of England.

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), was a British politician, the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post.

A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname which became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

As Prime Minister, she implemented Conservative policies.

3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan:
Sad to hear about the passing of a great leader and conservative ally, Margaret Thatcher. Prime Minister Thatcher was not only a friend to the United States, she was a friend to all who believed in freedom. Prayers go out to her family and all of the UK today. 
~ Jeff Duncan 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Substantially more than is needed?

The budget President Barack Obama will submit on Wednesday April 10, 2013 will contain a proposal that would prohibit individuals from accumulating more than $3 million in IRAs and tax-deferred retirement accounts.

According to a White House statement …
"The current rules allow individuals to accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving." 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Can't Live Wit Out It ...

An attorney is questioning a police officer's credibility in a trial ...


'Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?'


'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'


'Officer, who provided this description?'


'The officer who responded to the scene.'


'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?'


'Yes, sir. With my life.'


'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?'


'Yes sir, we do!'


'And do you have a locker in the room?'


'Yes, sir, I do.'


'And do you have a lock on your locker?'


'Yes, sir.'


'Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?'


'You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

Common Core Crash Course

* credit J. Raines / J. Schafer

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Coast To Coast, Pickens School Board Proven Cowards Over Prayer Issue ...

One of the messages Pickens County residents had to endure at the recent School Board meetings was that prayers had to be limited. Residents heard that the "main crux" of the 1st amendment was what lawmakers interpret as "The Establishment Clause".

Pickens County residents were shown stacks of paper that supposedly substantiated claims that various board members had read various cases like Marsh vs Chambers that supposedly supported a twisted Constitutional misinterpretation of a separation of church and state that various atheist organizations have latched onto into recent months.

Pickens Trustee, Alex Saitta indicated that he'd spent almost every day for the last three months pouring over cases and there just wasn't much hope based on the results.

"The courts are stacked with liberal activist judges who are deciding these kind of cases. Where we need to take action is electing a president that will put more conservative judges in place. Obama isn't doing that so there's not much hope with winning cases like this", said Saitta.

In the past week ...

9th Circuit Upholds Lancaster (CA) Prayer Policy Despite Sectarian Invocations


11th Circuit Releases Legislative Prayer Opinion That Upholds Lakeland, Florida Commission Newly Revised Prayer Policy.

On Tuesday, 26 March 2013 … The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of a City Council's prayer policy.

The court emphasized that because Lancaster's policy takes great pains to avoid favoritism in determining who will give the prayer, the fact that the policy does not require non-sectarian invocations is unconcerning.

Contained in the ruling …
"So long as legislative prayer—whether sectarian or not—does not proselytize, advance, or disparage one religion or affiliate government with a particular faith, it withstands scrutiny ... 
For these reasons, we join several of our sister circuits in concluding that neither Marsh nor Allegheny categorically forbids sectarian references in legislative prayer."
“… what matters under Marsh is whether the prayer to be offered fits within the genre of legislative invocational prayer that has become part of the fabric of our society,” 
The ruling integrated language from two famous cases … one being the main case Pickens Board members and legal representation have been citing … Marsh vs Chambers.

The ruling also made the point that possibly, by structuring the Council's prayer, restrictions may disrupt, offend, and even force proselytizing.

The fact that the body may endorse a religious perspective each time it meets "is irrelevant under The Establishment Clause".

The 9th Circuit heard arguments that if a citizen were to attend just one meeting where sectarian prayer was particularly Christian that the citizen might assume that in order to do business with that City - one must be Christian. The 9th Circuit said that was the wrong test to measure the council's invocations.

The question in this case is not just whether, given the frequency of Christian invocations, the reasonable observer of Lancaster's City Council meetings would infer favoritism toward Christianity, but whether the City itself has taken steps to affiliate itself with Christianity or taken targeted action to "establish" a particular faith.

In an 11th Circuit opinion in Florida …
"Lakeland [Florida] maintains that Resolution 4848, adopted a few months after [Atheists Of Florida] complained in March 2010 about its practices in selecting invocation speakers, does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment or Article I, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution because it requires that invitations to participate be extended to all religious groups. It also asserts that this Court should not consider the merits of [Atheists Of Florida] claim that Lakeland’s pre-March 2010 practices were unconstitutional because that issue became moot with the codification of Lakeland’s practices in Resolution 4848."
Lakeland Florida's Resolution 4848 concerning invocations was very similar in nature to Pickens County's policy BEFORE the cowardice of the Pickens Board and the bullying threats from The Freedom From Religion Foundation.

So, from Florida to California … coast to coast … states that in terms of the courts could be considered "liberal and liberal-er" come two rulings that say that Pickens County not only backed down without a fight, but didn't even lick their finger to see which way the wind was blowing.

Quoted again:
"The courts are stacked with liberal activist judges who are deciding these kind of cases. Where we need to take action is electing a president that will put more conservative judges in place. Obama isn't doing that so there's not much hope with winning cases like this", said Saitta.
According to this list …

Obama has appointed both 9th and 11th Circuit Court judges.

Read the two cases:
(will open a PDF)

Read about Marsh vs Chambers:

A recent case in Mississippi:

Mississippi Legislature Passes School Prayer Bill